Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees

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Notes: Explication of presence – the process of making something clear. How we experience something is what makes art.

Awareness of perception – they don’t so much lead one to the next as they fold one inside the other; like the process of thinking.

Art is about the aesthetic perception of the viewer. The way the sun strikes a building at a particular time of day can be art.

Old values – humanistic values – don’t speak to presence/perception. (check out Karsten Harries: Metaphor and transcendence.

Consider – the mechanics of the tape. The act of viewing and being viewed.

The essence of the modernist work is experience.

Change is the most basic dynamic of our universe – our spaces need to do more to create acceptance of this.

Not about existential angst – but phenomenological wonder. WOW! A desert of pure feeling. Visual music unfurling thematic material across time.

It’s about becoming NOT being.

We are talking about the exploration of the 4th dimension – not TIME but EXPERIENCE and quality. This is Modernism.  And it’s not only about emotion – it also includes texture, experience quality and the feel of things.

Setting in motion your own meaning – we take responsibility for everything.

Presence demands presence. Metaphor requires absence and evasion. Modernism eliminates the metaphor (if it’s a metaphor you experience abstractions through it). Reduction of Imagery gets at physicality and reduction of metaphor gets at presence.

Sculpture definition: Must have physical division; both organic and geometric; participation of people and kinetics of movement.

To be present in the world has far reaching implications for art and life. The whole visual structure of how we look at the world… that process has built our culture – its social systems, political systems. All our institutions are reflections of the way our mind organizes.

The modernist strives to create a different mental organization – which ultimately in time – has to result in different social, political and cultural organizations.

Artists are the only people trained to make the argument for quality.

 

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Sleepwalkers

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6000 years ago when the human mind was half asleep Chaldean priests began scanning stars, making maps and time tables of their motions.  Their star movements were confined to a narrow lane called the Zodiac, which is divided into 12 sections each names after a constellation of fixed stars in the area.

Greeks take over: Pythagoras of Samos – Founder of a new religious philosophy and the founder of Science, as the world is understood today.

Numbers were sacred, eternal – everything else was perishable; they are the nature not of matter but of mind.

Ionian philosophers were materialists searching for what the universe was made of. Pythagoras’ inquiry was of form/proportion and pattern. What was our relation to the universe NOT what is the universe.

Axis of Pythagoras’ system – music/numbers harmony/proportion.

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Nabta Playa

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There’s a remote prehistoric site, on a desolate plane in the Egyptian Sahara desert, west of Aswan called Nabta Playa.

From The Origin Map by Thomas G Brophy, Ph.D (Interview with author here). Trophy has a Ph.D in physics (has worked with the NASA Voyager Project, The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and the Japanese Space Programs)

Asserts three new concepts:

1 – Maps and markers denoting objects, alignments and events that can be observed in the sky with the unaided eye.

2 – Markers indicating celestial phenomena and events that cannot be observed with the unaided eye.

3 – Detailed astronomical and cosmological information, such as distance to stars, speeds at which stars are moving away from us, the structure of our galaxy and information on the origin of the universe, which we have either only just discovered in modern times, or possibly information (for example, concerning planetary systems around stars) that we do not even have available at the moment. (He dates the sites use to 26,000 BCE)

See also Hamlet’s Mill (The authors track world myths to a common origin in early man’s descriptions of cosmological activity, arguing that these remnants of ancient astronomy, suppressed by the Greeks and Romans and then forgotten, were really a form of preliterate science. Myth became the synapse by which science was transmitted. Their truly original thesis challenges basic assumptions of Western science and theories about the transmission of knowledge)

Terms: Vernal equinox heliacal rising: Considered a starting point of each star’s cycle – a sort of ‘dawn’ on the celestial clock.

Further: Robert M. Schoch, PhD (author of Voices of Rocks: A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations)

 

 

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A Reading List

Round library (Public Library of Stockholm, Observatorielunden).

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Timothy Morton

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Must read.

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Manhattan

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Mary Wilke:
Don’t psychoanalyze me. I pay a doctor for that.

Isaac Davis:
Hey, you call that guy that you talk to a doctor? I mean, you don’t get suspicious when your analyst calls you at home at three in the morning and weeps into the telephone?

Mary Wilke:
Alright, so he’s unorthodox. He’s a highly qualified doctor.

Isaac Davis:
He’s done a great job on you, y’know. Your self esteem is like a notch below Kafka’s.

 

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After Life

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“My grandfather became senile when I was six. The word Alzheimer’s did not yet exist and no one in my family or in our community understood what had happened to him. His forgetfulness began with pestering my mother to serve meals we had just finished eating. Gradually he began to lose his way on familiar streets and had to be escorted home by the local police. One day, he no longer recognized our faces. Finally he could not recognize his own. As a child, I comprehended little of what I saw, but I remember thinking that people forgot everything when they died. I now understand how critical memories are to our identity, to a sense of self.”

(director Hirokazu Kore-eda)

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